Damon ISD Superintendent David Hayward discusses Monday the district’s financial improvements since he was hired.

When Damon ISD dissolved its high school classes after placing its top administrator on leave and receiving an “F” from the state for its financial situation, things looked plenty bleak for the small district.

Former superintendent Donald Rhodes went on six weeks of personal leave in September 2018. Rhodes resigned that October, the same month the Damon ISD Board of Trustees decided to discontinue its high school classes, sending students to either Columbia or Needville high schools, though they gave 11th and 12th graders the choice to stay.

This editorial was written by Maddy McCarty, assistant managing editor of The Facts.

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